There’s been a lot of interest in Magpul’s decision to get into the rifle stock game and rightfully so. I’ve found Magpul products to be quite durable and their function has never left me upset or wanting more. We did an anticipatory article on the Magpul Hunter 700 stock a while back. There’s been quite a bit of interest in that article here at AccuracyTech. Full disclosure, I don’t currently have any plans to acquire one of the Hunter 700s. I don’t have a Remington barreled action with a barrel contour that will fit at the moment. However, my wife’s journey into Precision Rifle shooting began about a year ago with a Ruger 10/22. Magpul has also released a Hunter 22 stock, which shares many of the same features with the Magpul Hunter 700. I believe in reviewing the Hunter 22, I can give some insight into what to expect with the Hunter 700!
Magpul Hunter 22
The Magpul Hunter 22 is very similar to the Hunter 700. The biggest differences between them are the bedding block, and magazine bottom metal, found on the Hunter 700. The important parts of the stocks: Their adjustable features such as the length of pull spacers and exchangeable cheek pieces, are the same. The adjustability was the reason we upgraded my wife’s 10/22. As she get’s her feet wet with rifle shooting, she needed a rifle that actually fits her. While I could let her use any of my rifles, they’re all set up for me, and I want to avoid making her noise/recoil sensitive by starting with a .22LR chambered rifle.
So the Magpul Hunter 22 arrived and it was time to install it. Installation was a breeze, the Ruger barreled action dropped right into the stock and bolted securely into it’s new outfit. The Magpul Hunter 22 has Magpul’s new MLOK slots on both sides, and the bottom, of the handguard at the front of the stock. I added an MLOK rail to the bottom so we could mount a Harris Bipod equipped with Kahntrol Solutions Podmod adapters to the front. Next up we set the cheek piece height. This required an additional purchase of SGA cheek pieces. I went with the high set and she wound up needing the highest in the box to get her eye behind the scope properly. With that set up, we moved on to setting her length of pull with the spacers and integral butt plate adjustment system.
Magpul Hunter 22 Adjustments
A word about each of these adjustable features before we move on. In order to access the cheek comb pieces you have to loosen the screw on the stock that locks the butt plate in place and extend it slightly. The cheek pieces can then be installed or lifted up and off the top of the stock and swapped out. The butt plate has a single screw that locks a thin vertical drawer in place. If you want to add length of pull you loosen the screw, slide the drawer out, add a plastic spacer, slide the drawer back in and lock it down with the set screw. It’s pretty simple and doesn’t take long to set up.
The downsides are in time and ease of adjustment. Where I can bring a rifle with an adjustable stock to the range, and using an allen wrench or two, and set the stock up for any of a half dozen people that want to try it fairly quickly, the same isn’t true with the Magpul Hunter series. Don’t get me wrong, you can absolutely switch settings on the Magpul Hunter 22 or Magpul Hunter 700. The problem is if you want to do it, you have to purchase additional parts in the form of cheek pieces or butt plate spacers. You would also have to carry those pieces with you in order to make the adjustments. With other stocks they are already equipped with the necessary features to make the adjustments on the spot.
A third feature is the reversible barrel channel. The Hunter 22 comes ready to accept the standard thin barrel profile found on Ruger 10/22s and if you happen to upgrade to a thicker target barrel, you can adjust the channel. By flipping it over you expose a large barrel “tray” which is meant for thicker target barrels. So when we upgrade her barrel to a match grade version not only will it fit, but the standard barrel looks correct because of the reversible barrel channel tray.
Magpul Hunter 22 Realities
The hunter series needing extra parts and not being as fast or versatile shouldn’t come as a surprise. These stocks aren’t meant to compete head to head with top shelf, premium, stocks from Manners, McMillan, XLR Industries, etc. The Magpul Hunter 22 and Magpul Hunter 700 are meant to be well designed, durable, upgrades over less than ideal factory stock options. Just as we now see several AR15 manufacturers offering rifles with Magpul furniture and accessories, I believe we will soon see the same with Remington 700s and Ruger 10/22s. If you have a stock that isn’t adjustable, or has a shortcoming you take issue with, the Magpul Hunter series provides an excellent upgrade at a sensible price.
The Magpul Hunter 22 stock is everything it really needs to be for my wife’s rifle. As we upgrade it there are provisions in place to properly set up the gun for a target barrel or whatever other things we decide to add. The price is entirely reasonable, it wound up costing $133 or so. You get a lot of bang for your buck with the Magpul Hunter 22. We instantly transformed her unmodified 10/22 into a rifle with adjustable features and mounting options for bipods, rails, and accessories. That’s hard to beat for just over $100! I hope the video helps give you a sense of how the length of pull and cheek comb height adjustments work. If you have anything to add or have a question…please drop it in the comments below!